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UNICEF Backs Government Move For Better Water, Sanitation Access

May 22
11:02 2018

The Fijian Government remains committed in providing water and sanitation access to all or­dinary Fijians despite the geographi­cal location says Minister for Water­ways, Mahendra Reddy.

While speaking at Fiji’s first ever ,Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Summit at the Tanoa Interna­tional Hotel in Votualevu, Nadi yester­day he thanked UNICEF for working with the Fijian Government.

It is funded and facilitated by UNICEF.

The one week summit, which will end on Friday, is attended by various Gov­ernment ministry representatives and Non Governmental Organisations.

“You have placed us on a better plat­form to co-ordinate Fiji’s achieve­ments and submit a holistic report on its commitment to the Sustainable De­velopment Goal (SDG) 6 which focuses on clean water and sanitation,” Mr Reddy said.

“Through your timely financial as­sistance you have allowed Fiji to un­dertake a timely and pro-active ap­proach to work together in mapping our way forward in the betterment of Fiji’s WASH Sector.”

He added that all stakeholders need­ed to work together in a holistic ap­proach to improve services in Fiji.

“Government has a very clear vision for a modern and dynamic Fiji – but to make it a reality; we must work together to deliver to our people mod­ern, reliable and resilient infrastruc­ture,” Mr Reddy said.

“In the same way, a robust water sec­tor backed by very reliable sanitation infrastructure needs to be implement­ed and maintained to ensure that we have a healthy and productive popula­tion.

“This is driven by hygienic behav­iours and healthy lifestyles.”

UNICEF WASH regional advisor Chander Badloe said it would be an exciting week of discussions for par­ticipants and provides an opportunity for all Government representatives to come up with ideas on water safety.

Edited by Percy Kean


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